26th Sunday after Pentecost / Venerable Martyr Stephen the New

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Martyr 4, from Ode 3.


1.  Through food did the enemy lead Adam forth from paradise; but by the Cross hath Christ led back to it the thief who cried:  Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!


2.  With Adam and the thief I worship Thy sufferings and glorify Thy resurrection; and I cry out with a splendid voice:  Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!


3.  O Sinless One, of Thine own will Thou wast crucified and placed in the Tomb, yet Thou didst arise as God, raising up with Thyself Adam who crieth out: Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!


4.  Raising up the temple of Thy body by Thy resurrection on the third day, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Adam and his descendants who cry: Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!


5.  Very early, the myrrh-bearing women arrived, weeping, at Thy tomb, O Christ God; and they found an angel sitting there, clad in white garments, who said: What seek ye?  Christ is risen!  Lament no longer!


6.  When Thine apostles went to the mountain whither Thou hadst commanded them to go, and saw Thee, O Savior, they worshipped Thee; and Thou didst send them unto the nations, to teach and baptize them.


7.  Thy mind, made beautiful through gazing upon God, O father, was shown to be most comely, truly filled with every grace, and partaking of divine splendor.


8.  Venerating the precious icon of Christ and her who gave birth to Him, O blessed one, with the power of the divine Spirit thou didst despise the vile command of the impious emperor.


9. The most mindless one, binding with iron fetters thee who dost possess a heart of iron, sent thee to prison, O most blessed Stephen, as a preserver of the dogmas of Christ.


10.  From thee, the only pure one, was the all-divine Word incarnate, as is known; and He hath saved from corruption us who worship His divine condescension, in that He is full of loving-kindness.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 1: When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, /

And the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, /

Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, /

granting life unto the world. /

Wherefore, the Hosts of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Life-giver: /

Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. /

Glory to Thy kingdom. //

Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Lover of mankind.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 4:  Struggling in fasting upon the mountain, /

thou didst slay the noetic hordes of the enemy with the weapon of the Cross, /

O most blessed one, /

and didst manfully arm thyself again for martyrdom, /

slaying Copronymus with the sword of the Faith. /

And for both hast thou been crowned by God, //

O ever-memorable venerable-martyr Stephen.


Tone 1: As God, Thou didst arise from the tomb in glory, /

and Thou didst raise the world together with Thyself. /

And mortal nature praiseth Thee as God, /

and death hath vanished. /

And Adam danceth, O Master, /

and Eve, now freed from fetters, rejoiceth as she crieth out: /

Thou art He, O Christ, //

that grantest unto all resurrection.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 3: 

From a barren woman didst thou, the offshoot of a root, /

grow forth, O venerable father, /

namesake of the protomartyr; /

and thou wast shown to be a great instructor of monks, /

unafraid of the wrath of the emperor /

who refused to venerate the image of Christ. /

Wherefore, in dying thou didst receive the crown of martyrdom, //

O Stephen.


Both now... Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 1st Tone:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  In the 8th Tone: The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall rejoice upon their beds.

Choir: The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall rejoice upon their beds.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians:

[Eph. 5:8-19 (§229); II Tim. 1:8-18 (§291)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone: O God who givest avengement unto me and hast subdued people under me.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  It is He that magnifieth the salvation of His king and worketh mercy for His anointed, for David and for His seed unto eternity.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 8th Tone: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 13:10-17 (§71); Matt. 10:23-31 (§37)]


Communion Verse: Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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